Lastega ja lastele

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Close the Curtains, Place a Tablecloth on the Table and the Game is On!

To one shelter in Ida-Viru County were brought a brother and a sister who were used to sleeping in the same bed. In the shelter, every evening, one slipped into the other’s bed, and this continued for several weeks until they realised that they could each sleep in their very own bed.
A cheerful event celebrated on 31 July at the Rebasemäe picnic ground in Tallinn Zoo marked the end of the charity campaign ‘Help Children Who do not Have their Own Home’. Over a hundred children from nine different shelters in Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Sillamäe, Kiikla, Pärnu and Harju County were present. Also, the Infants Shelter of Tallinn Children’s Home, which has become one of our permanent partners, participated in the event, so that the youngest among us there were just 2 to 3 years of age.

Donations received during the campaign were used to buy small tents and outdoor playhouses with matching sets of furniture for the shelters. Donations enable children living in shelters to engage in various leisure activities and hobbies: these resources are used to pay for music and art classes, to visit sports events, to go to the cinema and theatre and to buy the items needed to develop their manual skills.

At the party at the zoo the children had a good time with Pippi and volunteers from the Fund’s club, ate pancakes and received gifts. They also took part in a workshop, where a handyman assisted them in assembling the playhouses and placing tables and chairs inside them. The children decorated the furniture with pictures of their own liking. They became so attached to these tables and chairs that when other kids used them they asked their carers over and over again: “These are ours, aren’t they?”, “We will take these chairs with us, won’t we?”, “They’re sitting at our table!” ... But there was no need to worry: after the event the chairs and tables were taken to the shelters – with the children carrying them all the way to the bus.

Video clip of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-PeUa5YGeY.

The director of Kiikla Children’s Home: “This wonderful pancake day will long be remembered, from the moment we arrived at the eagle’s cage and the children exclaimed: “See, a crow!”. Even the strangers around us laughed out loud at that. At the picnic ground, 4-year-old Erlend was fascinated by the honeybee mascot and whispered in my ear that he had never seen such a big bee, but that “this one doesn’t sting.”

Moonika said with a note of yearning in her voice: “We have an excellent place for the red playhouse – on the lawn, just next to the playground!” The carers said that at the pancake day the children were playing in the tents as if they were palaces. The arrival of really large playhouses will be a great surprise for them, that’s for sure!

Children from Tartu shelter most enjoyed assembling chairs and tables and decorating them with colourful flowers. They asked for help and assistance from the volunteers. The younger kids from Tartu were especially fond of the honeybee, with whom they ran races and romped around.

Irene Peterson, the director of the Pärnu Family Aid Centre, noted that the children are impatiently waiting for their yellow and blue playhouse and that they plan to add a lantern to the doorstep and curtains to the windows, to attach a nameplate over the door and a mailbox on the wall, and to erect a flag pole in front of the house. “Interior design” remains up in the air, but they promised that it will not be excessive, so that there is enough room for the carers and children to have a cup of tea together. Irene Peterson says: “The idea of presenting playhouses is great. This will help us teach the children staying at our centre to take care of a home, from watering the flowers and clearing the dust to hoisting the flag on certain days. It is common for children in shelters not to know what it means to have your own home, because often they have not had their own bed or a separate place to study for school. Now we can teach them what a home is really like, and this gives them a chance to learn and fantasise about what their own home will be like one day.”

Playing is working for children. Children in shelters do not have a safe home in real life, but now the playhouse is something of a home for them. The way they play often reflects the notion of a perfect home, with the loving hugs of a mum and dad. Fortunately, nobody can take away dreams and while they derive joy from playing, there remains a dream of having your very own home.

The children are waiting for their playhouses with mounting excitement, and luckily the wait is not going to be long – they will arrive at the shelters in the first week of August.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of our donators and regular contributors. Thanks to your kindness, children whose parents do not care about them can also enjoy the things that are ordinary and natural parts of childhood for other children. Everyone wins when friends extend a helping hand!

Triin Lumi
 

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